Join Date: Jul 2009
Location: Eastern Ontario (Ottawa/Kingston)
Best Audio Ripping Settings?
I have found streaming radio stations off the internet sucks, a lot of the time, partly because:
Even just playing any AUDIO through or with a computer - is of poor quality (generally). That has been my personal experience and observations.
Any AUDIO, including STREAMING - off a computer - is of questionable quality - just listening to it.
Digital skips, hiccups, dropouts, clicks, interruptions, sound variations - all sorts of whacky effects.
I think a lot of it is due to the SOFTWARE or OPERATING SYSTEM or the computer's other numerous processes that are running in the background interrupting the playing of the audio - causing the overall quality of the audio product to be "POOR"
Too many variables - with the computer hardware and software generally available to the average user. ex. Sound Card, amp inside, noise generated internally by all the digital hardware in close proximity, A/D D/A conversion - perhaps not of best quality or design.
Your average computer hardware and software are not generally optimized to put out excellent quality, uninterrupted AUDIO - via streaming - or even for the playback of resident music files.
Then there are the issues of the delivery of the quality digital audio stream over the internet. Many variables.
[ So I will agree with the OP - wherever possible, for LOCAL or Nearby stations - listen to it with a GOOD FM Radio / good FM home STEREO component setup / good Speakers and proper antenna setup]
Perhaps there are some IT / Computer / Internet specialists here who can provide some advice on what the "best" computer setups might be - that give the best AUDIO quality without the BAD effects I mention.
Just generally speaking - my personal experience with the AUDIO quality coming from any consumer computer equipment - is Mediocre - and full of issues and problems - clearly hearable just by listening... compared with listening to quality music over a good quality traditional HI-FI sound system - which is DEDICATED and designed to producing good quality AUDIO sound.
Others ... Audiophiles and Computer Experts are welcome to add their experiences, opinions, comments, and advice.
Bye now .